Pathway to Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs
The Pathway to Assist Veteran Entrepreneurs program (PAVE) offers Louisiana veterans the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that are necessary to effectively start or manage a business. In partnership with Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affair, and Louisiana National Guard, PAVE will follow a virtual format which allows veterans to participate in this program at their own pace.
The PAVE program consists of on-demand online training, a virtual entrepreneurship boot camp, and access to ongoing business programs and resources. The program consists of 3 modules of on-demand virtual training that can be accessed and completed at the participant's desired pace. The virtual training expands on the topics of starting a business, securing financing, and developing a sales strategy.
Upon completion of the on-demand virtual training, participants will be scheduled to attend an online virtual entrepreneurship boot camp hosted by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. The virtual boot camp will allow the veteran entrepreneurs to assess their needs and analyze the feasibility of their business plan. Additionally, the boot camp will introduce entrepreneurs to business resources including those specific to veteran-owned businesses.
The final step of PAVE will be connecting the veteran entrepreneur with a Business Consultant from LSBDC for continued business support.